Although, many come to us knowing what they want, we are often asked for recommendations. I am reluctant to provide opinions for many reasons, primarily, each person’s appreciation of scent is unique. Your good friends might not even like what you do so why trust some strangers when they can only restrict your experience by telling you not to use what they didn’t like?
Secondly, most people’s appreciation of fragrance changes over time. Some aromas, like fine aloeswood, actually take time and exposure to develop the senses in order to appreciate certain notes. Developing said appreciation often alters the way one perceives other aromas as well, so my nose might choose incense that yours can’t really appreciate just as there are many fragrances I once didn’t enjoy but have grown fond of over time.
A person’s lifetime of experiences, surroundings, favorite foods, etc. all play a part in the way we perceive scents.
Life is more interesting if you don’t let others opinions limit your experience.
Although, I mentioned quality aloeswood there are many inexpensive products which one may grow to like over time. It is certainly not necessary to spend a fortune to find a quality aroma or a fragrance you enjoy and I certainly don’t want to be…
The Incense Snob-
When surfing the web it is easy to find opinions. All too often these opinions belong to a class of critic we call the incense snob, and they, like most critics, only limit your perceptions. Many make broad statements which may have some merit but provide an inaccurate view. One common misconception is that Japanese incense is the best. While many of the most expensive products and some of the finest are made in Japan there are excellent products made elsewhere. Since, virtually nothing used in making the Japanese incense actually comes from Japan that shouldn’t be too surprising.
In fact, in addition to having much of the most expensive incense in the world Japan also produces many tons of inexpensive, artificial fragrance sticks. Japan has actually been the largest importer of composted cow dung from India to use as a base for cheap incense. We know that many people buy that type of incense to cover up unwanted smells; Wouldn’t it be ironic to discover that you are covering up the litter box odor by burning dung?
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